It is probably one of the most neglected parts of our lives, rest. We tend to go at breakneck speed to the next hurdle we want to jump only to arrive still exhausted without even realizing why, or celebrating the small victories along the way. I saw an advertisement once that had different people who were so involved in texting or surfing that they would step off the curb into oncoming traffic, fall into the fountain, or barely miss a manhole cover that was off. People have more connection with their latest tweet or post than they do with the ones who are sitting right across from them at the table. I challenge you to spend time together.
We look at all the wonders of the world through the lenses of our cameras, and miss the greater picture. Nature is breathtaking, yet, we catch only a frame of what could be engraved on our memories forever. I’m all for taking pictures to capture moments and people in our lives, but I challenge you to take your picture then put your camera or other devices away and just be in the moment. It is about rest, and really being with the ones you love.
I don’t know about you, but it is exhausting trying to do everything without resting in the secret place and listening for direction. Where is a place that you may find peace and clarity in all of life’s confusing circumstances? It is in his presence. I know that you may be thinking that I don’t understand how busy you are. There’s not enough time to wait on God or pray before I start my day, and by the time I get home, I’m just too tired because I have xyz to do still. The demands on my time and attention are overwhelming, yet you’re saying that I have to take the time to rest in his presence?
To that I will say that, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11). We can’t afford to wear ourselves out without finding a place to rest in his presence. It is there that we will find peace and restoration. Isn’t it time?
In this week’s, Lattereign, we learn that our place is Resting in the Secret Place and abiding under the shadow of the Almighty.